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New Mexico Highlands University break-in prompts identity theft concern


New Mexico Highlands University has alerted 420 students that they could be the targets of identity theft after a break-in at a building on campus.

University Police Chief Scott Scarborough and Dolores Gonzalez, then special assistant to President James Fries, sent an e-mail to the students last week, telling them that offices hit by the break-in “may have contained personal information including Social Security numbers, credit card and bank account information.”

The e-mail focused on students who signed up for graduate courses at the Advanced Placement Institute at New Mexico State University or attended an International Baccalaureate Institute at United World College or the Interactive Math Summer Institute at Albuquerque’s South Valley Academy.

Students were advised to place a fraud alert on their credit files and periodically check their credit reports.

Information from: Las Vegas Optic,

–Associated Press

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